Italian Christmas Eve Tradition: Feast Of The Seven Fishesaggieskitchen
If you asked me what my favorite day of the year was, it would have to be Christmas Eve. Growing up in a big Italian family, Christmas Eve was (and still is) a big deal in my home. Yes, the anticipation of the guy coming down the chimney was definitely in the air…but so were smells of garlic, lemon, tomatoes, and white wine along with fresh seafood simmering away in my nonni’s kitchen. Every Christmas Eve, our family sat down at our big dining table all gussied up in its red and white tablecloth and enjoyed a huge seafood feast. Dish after dish of fish, shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels were set up and down the table, the sweet smells coming together were intoxicating.
Does your family share in the Feast of the Seven Fishes? If so, what’s on your menu?
Take a look at some of these delectable fish and seafood recipes like Paula’s Baked Scallops (pictured above) that would be a delicious addition your Christmas Eve feast this year.
Baked Scallops 1 of 14These oven baked scallops would make a perfect addition to Christmas Eve dinner (or any dinner!).
Make bell'alimento's baked scallops
Baked Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes 2 of 14One of my favorite dishes to make any night of the week, would be perfect for Christmas Eve as well!
Make baked shrimp with feta and tomatoes
Baccala Cod with Pasta in Marinara Sauce 3 of 14Baccala (salted cod) is very common eaten on Christmas Eve. I look forward to it every year!
Make What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine's Baccala Cod with Pasta in Marinara Sauce
Calamari Salad 4 of 14Epicurious shares this fantastic cold calamari salad that reminds me of one I enjoy with my family every Christmas Eve.
Make Epicurious' calamari salad
Cioppino 5 of 14I love this rustic fish stew based off of Giada DeLaurentiis' recipe. Perfect when served with crusty Italian bread.
Drunken Mussels 6 of 14Classic Italian steamed mussels in garlic, tomatoes and white wine.
Make bell'alimento's drunken mussels
Potato Fish Cakes 7 of 14Crisp on the outside and perfectly seasoned on the inside, fish cakes are a great addition to a 7 Fishes Christmas Eve meal.
Make potato fish cakes
Fish Oreganata 8 of 14A wonderful recipe for someone who is still learning to cook fish.
Make fish oreganata
Fried Calamari 9 of 14A favorite Italian restaurant appetizer, made perfectly in your own home.
Make What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine's fried calamari
Salmon Ball Croquettes with Herb Sauce 10 of 14A twist on Portuguese codfish balls.
Make Savoring The Thyme's salmon ball croquettes with herb sauce
Seafood Risotto 11 of 14Creamy risotto filled with flavorful seafood...total comfort food.
Make seafood risotto
Shrimp Arrabbiatta 12 of 14Enjoy your pasta and shrimp with a kick from this spicy tomato sauce.
Make shrimp arrabbiatta
Shrimp Cocktail with Mustard Butter 13 of 14A simple starter for your Christmas Eve meal!
Make shrimp cocktail with mustard butter
Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio and Seafood 14 of 14Seafood, pasta and white wine just go hand in hand, don't they?
Make Food Network's spaghetti with pinot grigio and seafood
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Serve up something fun to drink for your guests! 8 Grown-Up Jello Shots
And let’s not forget dessert! 10 Festive Bundt Cakes
Photo Credit: bell’alimento